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Girardi: I’m a better manager today

Good morning from Steinbrenner Field, where Day 2 of workouts for Yankees pitchers and catchers are about to begin.

We’ll lead off today with Joe Girardi, as the Yankees manager was asked yesterday if he feels like he’s grown in his position since taking over Joe Torre’s chair in 2008. Girardi first jokingly asked if he looked older than then — it’s not for us to say, the reporter responded — and then agreed that he has found a better feel for his day-to-day duties.

“I think I’m much different,” he said. “I think you have a much better understanding of how it works here and the expectations of the job. It’s one thing to say you know what it’s like because you watched someone else do it, but it’s another to actually do it.

“I think the relationships with the players are stronger. I think there’s a better understanding of my players. I think there’s a better understanding of managing an American League game as opposed to a National League game. So I do think I’ve improved.”

Back with more updates in just a bit.

An early spring setback for Girardi

It looks like that 11 a.m. press conference might not begin as planned. Joe Girardi’s 6 a.m. flight is still stuck at the gate in Newark, so the first scheduled event of Yankees Spring Training will obviously be delayed.

Luckily, there’s not too much else on Girardi’s agenda today — he doesn’t have to oversee a workout until tomorrow. The Yankees’ clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field is being filled with pitchers and catchers as we speak. It’ll be open to the media for an hour beginning at 10 a.m.

Unsolicited advice for Girardi while he waits: check out the greasy spoon Garden State Diner near Gate 82. I’ve actually never had a bad breakfast there.

Girardi: Bobby V. will add “spunk” to rivalry

Joe Girardi didn’t spend too much time in the opposing dugout from Bobby Valentine during his playing days; there were the Subway Series from 1997-1999, and a few random Cubs-Mets series from 2000-02. But there will be 18 head-to-head meetings with Valentine and the Red Sox beginning this year, and Girardi thinks it’ll change the rivalry somewhat.

“Bobby is a guy that knows how to manage and I think he’s going to add a lot,” Girardi said at the Hilton Anatole, where he arrived on Tuesday. “Bobby adds some spunk to his clubs, there’s no doubt about it. I didn’t get to witness him first-hand a lot, but Bobby has been successful wherever he’s went. It should be exciting.”

Girardi: Yankees’ rotation may be set

Yankees manager Joe Girardi tells the New York Daily News that he expects to go into the 2012 season with a rotation that includes CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett.

“I think we’ll look at maybe possibly adding some more depth to it, but I feel pretty good about these guys,” Girardi told the newspaper in a Tuesday telephone interview. “Our pitching was really overlooked last year, I thought. We threw the ball well all year long. Will we try to add one more veteran arm? It’s possible, but I feel pretty good about the guys we have in camp right now.”

Girardi does not seem to be expecting a big free agent along the lines of C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle or Edwin Jackson to be arriving in the Bronx.

“I think our club is starting to try to develop a little bit more,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you feel that you can overpay for pitching and it can cost you.”

The Daily News indicates the Yankees may be interested in trading for the Cubs’ Matt Garza, but are unwilling to move blue chip prospects like Jesus Montero or Manny Banuelos for him. The New York Post also notes that the Yankees could consider dealing Dellin Betances to the White Sox for John Danks.

Girardi isn’t sure if ’12 will be Rivera’s last season

Joe Girardi chatted over the weekend with Nick Friedell of, and the Yankees manager — while taking in some Michigan St.-Northwestern football — said that he hasn’t received any indication that 2012 will be Mariano Rivera’s final season.

“No, not necessarily,” Girardi told the Web site. “I think Mo takes it year by year and, depending on how he does, that will determine when it’s time for him to retire.”

Rivera will turn 42 tomorrow and, as he seems to every time there’s a contract in his future, has been rather non-committal about pitching beyond its 2012 expiration.

Girardi also chatted about some Chicago-related topics, including his satisfaction in New York, Dale Sveum’s chances in the Cubs managerial chair and Theo Epstein’s arrival in the Windy City.


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